Pendleton: A Brief Intro to the Portland-based Textile Experts

After travelling to Oregon in 1863, young English weaver Thomas Kay opened his own textile mill. Fast forward to 1909 his three grandsons, Clarence, Royal and Robert Bishop opened the famous Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Pendleton Woolen Mills are world-renowned for their impeccable wool blankets, clothing and accessories. Now based out of Portland, Oregon, few brands have become identifiable with indigenous American cultures as much so as Pendleton.

The Pendleton Trade Blanket paved the way for future success and became a benchmark of beauty and quality for the next 100 plus years. Stunning native-American inspired jacquard designs became synonymous with the brand.

A study of the colour and design preferences of local and Southwest Native Americans resulted in vivid colours and intricate patterns. Trade expanded from the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton to the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. These Pendleton blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans. The blankets also became prized for ceremonial use.

With six-generations of family ownership, the company is a far-cry away from the big faceless companies that now spearhead the worlds retail industry. Pendleton is a company proud of its heritage, authenticity, and fabric craftsmanship.

We’ve recently taken delivery of a whole array of amazing Pendleton products from flannels shirts and jacquard scarfs to wool leather wallets to ceramic mugs. Have a look at our recent delivery here.